The newest addition to Hua Hin’s beachfront resort line-up is the luxurious Ananda Hua Hin Resort & Spa. The resort’s name means “bliss” in Sanskrit, and the property is spread out over a blissful 30 rai of tropical greenery, stretching from Petchkasem Road all the way to its own private beach on the Gulf of Siam. The resort is also conveniently located—a mere 15 minutes from the town center and its popular night market, and just a short walk away from The Venezia, a popular Italian-styled shopping village.
Once checked in at the spacious airy reception area, the friendly and attentive staff are waiting to whisk you off in ever–ready electric carts, past the spa and state-of-the-art fitness studio, arriving finally at one of the 173 luxurious rooms and suites. However, if you’re staying in one of the resort’s unique collection of 23 Lagoon Pool and Private Pool Villas, hidden among palm trees and landscaped gardens, they’ll ferry you to your own exclusive check-in area. The regular rooms and suites range in size from the 33 sq.m Superior, to the 72 sq.m One Bedroom Garden and Jacuzzi Premier Suites, while the villas range in size from the grand 188 sq.m Private Pool Villa, to the ultra-spacious 268 sq.m Two Bedroom Beach Front Villa. Each villa boasts its own private entrance, and opens onto gardens as well as either a private lagoon- or plunge-pool.
All accommodations enjoy views over landscaped tropical gardens from the private balconies and terraces. Design-wise, the resort is decorated throughout in bright colours with artistic tiles, marble and wooden flooring, and Jackson Pollock-esque prints in many rooms. Delicate teals, blues, and greens ensure a soothing aquatic ambience that is pleasingly offset by the brighter primary reds, yellows, and oranges of the pool area’s umbrellas.
Diners here are spoilt for choice. Staa’s, the all-day dining area, offers à la carte menu and wide-ranging buffet selections that can be enjoyed both inside or outside, but that’s just the beginning. Guests can enjoy poolside bites at Aqua—ideally situated in-between the two free-form tropical pools—and casual drinks and snacks at both Terrace Bar and Lite Bite, or indulge in exquisite Mediterranean creations at Brezza, the Italian-style restaurant which has its own private garden with comfy seating, fully-stocked bar, and direct beach access. In the evenings, above Staa’s and overlooking the swimming pools, the Blue Biscuit serves Creole-inspired bites, as well as a wide variety of drinks and imported specialty spirits from all over the world, while the live music makes it the resort’s social hotspot.
The resort also boasts Hua Hin’s largest conference centre and ballroom—a 900 sq.m flexible function space that can accommodate large scale corporate events, lavish weddings, or more intimate gatherings with equal facility. by Gary A. Rutland